Samuel Neff

Samuel Neff

Samuel Neff

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Neurogenesis, neurodegenerative diseases, brain-computer interfaces

Mr. Samuel Neff is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology's Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience program at George Mason University.  Currently, he works in Dr. Jane Flinn's lab on Alzheimer's research, with an interest in neurogenesis and the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Samuel completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Idaho in 2015, and completed his Master of Science in Psychology, with an emphasis in Human Factors, at the University of Idaho in 2018.  While completing his M.S. degree, he was heavily involved in the Palouse Injury Research lab, studying pedestrian safety and perceived behavioral control in simulated environments.  After completion of his M.S. degree, he worked as a federal contractor primarily focused on designing, implementing and validating user interfaces.  

Currently, Samuel is studying Alzheimer's in mice, with an interest in how neurogenesis within the dentate gyrus is involved with the progression of Alzheimer's disease.  Due to his background in Human Factors, he is also interested in the possibility of using brain-computer interfaces in the treatment of various mental illnesses.  

Samuel is an Associate Human Factors Professional (AHFP) through the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE), and is an active member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and the Society for Neuroscience (SFN).  


Courses Taught

  • PSYC 304: Principles of Learning Lecture
  • PSYC 304: Principles of Learning Laboratory
  • PSYC 317: Cognitive Psychology 
  • PSYC 373: Biopsychology Laboratory 


  • Doctoral student in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Master of Science in Psychology, emphasis in Human Factors - University of Idaho 2018
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - University of Idaho 2015